The cashier then said “That will be $6.77”.
I said “I gave you $6.77.”
She showed me her hand and there was only $5 bill and 52 cents. I was certain that I had provided 3 quarters so I said, “Well what’s in your other hand?”
She showed me her other hand and there was a loonie and toonie. I had mistaken a toonie for a quarter and paid too much. I am guessing that this person thought if they could get me to give them another quarter they could pocket the toonie for themselves. I took back the toonie and gave her a quarter and didn't think much of it.
After reflecting on it I thought, HEY WTF! Had she quietly taken the $1.75 extra I never even would have noticed the mistake. By trying to get the whole toonie she lost the $1.75 she could have had.
Not sure what the lesson is here but I am sure there is one.
From my perspective I'll be keeping a close eye on my change at this particular place and am blogging about the experience.
- Ian Graham